New York City is one of the largest cities in the world and holds up to 40% of New York's population. The city proper holds more than 8.4 million people and about 23.4 million live in the greater metro area.

New York's history is defined by the droves of immigrants that came to the United States through Ellis Island, and is still the leading metropolitan gateway for legal immigrants admitted into the United States.

There are as many as 800 languages spoken there, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world! English is still the most spoken language, though there are areas in which up to 25 percent of the people living there don't speak English primarily.